Guest blog by Deborah Press, ASPCA Senior Manager of Regulatory Affairs
Today the ASPCA and the nation’s most capable and caring hearts and minds—from the Department of Justice, the FBI, USDA, and other organizations—met to problem solve around the future of animals rescued from fighting operations. The ASPCA and its government partners came together under the auspices of the Department of Justice’s Animal Cruelty Working Group, to ensure that the process for seizing animals used in these heinous crimes is as smooth and efficient as possible so that more animals can be saved.
The ASPCA regularly works side by side with federal, state and local law enforcement to save animals from cruelty and build criminal cases against abusers. When the ASPCA assists law enforcement in animal fighting raids, the animals are held in limbo as evidence—for over a year sometimes—while prosecutors and law enforcement agencies pursue cases against accused animal fighters. As a result, the animals must stay in temporary shelters and cannot begin their new lives in forever homes.
Animal fighting victims aren’t like other criminal evidence that can be warehoused in storage lockers for years at a time. These animals have delicate behavioral needs, and even with the best staff behaviorists in the country tending to them, rescued dogs often deteriorate psychologically after many months caged in a temporary shelter environment to the point where they cannot be adopted.
We are grateful to our partners for all of the work they do to stamp out animal fighting and for throwing their expertise and passion for animals into this important cooperative conversation.
Lifestyle brand Alex and Ani and its charitable division, Charity by Design, have created a new charm design in support of the ASPCA! Part of Alex and Ani’s Charity by Design collection, the “Prints of Love” bangle features a paw print shaped charm and is available in both Rafaelian Silver and Rafaelian Gold. The ASPCA will receive 20% of the proceeds from each sale to support our lifesaving work for animals across the country.
Hazel is a super-smart dog who already knows Sit and Down! She’d love to have you teach her other tricks. Hazel is very affectionate with her inner circle of human friends at the Adoption Center, and enjoys daily running exercise. She’d to best with an experienced adopter in a home with teens-and-up. Visit Hazel’s profile page to learn more.
Bonnie is a sweet and affectionate pup, especially around her favorite people! Once she gets to know you, she’ll stick by your side like glue. This special girl would love to be the center of attention and would do best in an adults-only household. Visit Bonnie’s profile to learn more.
Frieda loves everyone she meets! She is very energetic, and enjoys plenty of daily exercise. Frieda enjoys saying “hello” to polite dogs. This smart dog already knows “Sit!” We think she’d do best in a home with kids 10-and-up. Visit Frieda’s profile page to learn more.
At the request of the Indiana Gaming Commission Gaming Control Division, the ASPCA is assisting in the removal of more than 15 animals, including birds and dogs, from properties associated with cockfighting in Fayette and Henry Counties, Indiana.
The investigation began as a cockfighting investigation, and search warrants were executed Thursday morning for the seizure of roosters. The remaining animals were subsequently surrendered. Without access to proper food or water, many of the animals appeared to be malnourished and suffering from medical issues.
The ASPCA is assisting with intake and removal, and will transport the animals to a temporary shelter established by the Johnson County Animal Control, where they will receive medical exams and veterinary care. Our cockfighting experts are also guiding evidence collection to identify tools, drugs and other paraphernalia used in cockfighting. The animals will remain at the temporary shelter until custody is determined.
“We’re pleased to work with local authorities in removing these animals from a cruel situation,” said Kathryn Destreza, Investigations Director of the ASPCA Field Investigations & Response’s team, “sending a message that cockfighting and other crimes against animals will not be tolerated in this community or anywhere in the country.”
Cockfighting continues to be an insidious problem in the United States. Though it is illegal in every state, this brutal blood sport has been found in all types of communities and amongst all sorts of people. The ASPCA is dedicated to helping its victims and ending the cruel practice altogether.
Calling thrill seekers! Delilah is a super friendly and energetic pup who would love to meet you. This pretty girl loves to run and play with her favorite people—she’d be thrilled to escape the city with you for a long hike through the woods or join you on your favorite fall time adventure.
Delilah loves everyone she meets, but prefers to have her own space around other pups at times and would benefit from training to help her play with manners. This busy girl has a mind of her own and is in a hurry to get to where she’s going, so Delilah would do best with an experienced adopter who is willing to spend quality time running and playing with her. Adopt Delilah today!
Delilah is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting, please call our Adoptions department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Delilah, please visit her profile page.